A new made-for-TV film that depicts Meghan Markle dying under a crashed car has been labeled “sick” and “tasteless” by TV viewers.
The Duchess of Sussex is portrayed in a controversial new Lifetime television movie titled Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace.
The film is a dramatization of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s decision to leave the royal family, but the opening scene depicts Meghan dying in a car crash surrounded by paparazzi in a scene reminiscent of the death of her mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
Princess Diana died after a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi.
The upcoming movie is set to premiere on Lifetime on Labor Day, September 6 at 8 p.m. and is Lifetime’s third installment of Harry and Meghan’s story.
This film recreates their royal exit, including the dramatic Oprah Winfrey interview that made worldwide headlines and sparked a debate about racism and the monarchy.
While some scenes have been recreated from real life, others are complete fiction—including the controversial car crash scene which is previewed in a trailer and causing a stir today.
“Is this a sick joke?” asks one Twitter user, while another added: “How very tasteless to reenact Diana death scene.”
The scene opens the film and is reportedly a dream sequence that is meant to mirror Princess Diana’s death.
The overturned car is surrounded by photographers and a desperate Prince Harry makes his way through the mob where he finds his wife, gravely injured and pleading for help.
The ordeal is revealed to be a nightmare and Harry wakes up and finds Meghan and their son Archie safe.
Actor Jordan Dean plays Prince Harry in the film.
The actress playing Meghan Markle in the movie, Sydney Morton, has said she wanted to approach the role “with care” as filming started just two months after the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
“Playing Meghan, because she is a living breathing person and I’m playing her pretty much right now in her life, I definitely felt a responsibility to be respectful and very grounded and make her a three-dimensional person and not portray her as this tabloid cartoon,” Morton told Newsweek.
“I think that it’s a different thing when you’re playing someone who is alive and experiencing things in real-time you definitely want to approach it with care.”
Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace is set for release on Lifetime and debuts on Labor Day, 2021.